Kanazawa is made up of three hills, the Kodatsuno Plateau that stretches southeast between the Asano-gawa and Sai-kawa rivers and Mt. Utatsu-yama and Teramachidai, which spread out on both sides. It is the center of culture, economy & commerce in the Hokuriku region. Kanazawa was a great castle town has prospered for some 300 years since the feudal lord Maeda Toshiie built a castle here in the late 16th century. Kanazawa has not suffered from any war devastation or big natural disasters. Thus, Kanazawa has maintained rows of historical houses and various traditional handicrafts and traditional performing arts.
At the center of the city lies the Kenroku-en Garden, famous for the "Yukitsuri," ropes stretched from the top of a tree to the lower branches like an umbrella to protect it from snow damage. Kenroku-en is one of the three most famous gardens in Japan, along with the Kairaku-en Garden in Mito and the Koraku-en Garden in Okayama. Beginning in 1676, it took about 170 years to construct the 105,000-square-meter garden.
Kanazawa has Tera-machi, where 70 temples are gathered together, Owari-cho lined with long-standing stores, and many other historical districts, which happily blend with the modern, fashionable town of Korinbo. It offers a variety of attractions. Many shops carry "Kaga-yuzen," dyed silk designated an important intangible cultural asset, Kutaniyaki pottery characterized by placid patterns and vivid colors, gold leaf craftwork called "Kanazawa-haku," and other traditional arts and crafts.
The climate of Kanazawa is almost as mild as that of Tokyo or Osaka. There are few days with temperatures below freezing between December and February. However, there are few days of fine weather, and the snow often piles up
Access from Tokyo:
[Air] 1 hour from Haneda to Komatsu Airport (All Nippon Airways).
[Rail] 2 hour 30 minutes from Tokyo to Kanazawa by JR Hokuriku Shinkansen.
Access from Osaka:
[Rail] 2 hours 30 minutes to Kanazawa Station by JR Hokuriku Line (limited express).
Access from Sapporo:
[Airl] 1 hour 35 minutes to Komatsu Airport (All Nippon Airways).
Access from Nagoya:
[Rail] 3 hours to Kanazawa Station by Shirasagi (limited express).
Access from Nagano:
[Rail] 1 hour 10 minutes to Kanazawa Station by JR Hokuriku Shinkansen.
Kenroku-en is justifiably classified as one of Japan's "three most beautiful gardens". Kenroku-en features a variety of flowering trees which provide the garden with a different look for each season.
Higashi Chaya District
Chaya (lit. teahouse) is an exclusive type of restaurant where guests are entertained through dance and music by geisha since the 17th century.
The castle is adjacent to Kenroku-en Garden, which was once the outer private garden of the castle.
Kanazawa is blessed with a rich and variety ofÂ cuisine for all seasons,Â favourite climate. volcanic soil and natural mineral water producedÂ deliciousÂ productsÂ such as rice cropped in Kaga plain, vegetables and seafood caught in the sea of Japan.
Kanazawa is one of the three most famous Japanese place of confectionery making. They develop confectionery indispensablesÂ to the tea ceremony.
Jibuni stew is a Kanazawa local dish. It is made using duck or chicken coated inÂ flower or starchÂ and shiitake mushrooms, seasonal vegetableÂ in thick soupÂ with wasabi as the finishing touch.